On May 31st, the four award winning musicians from across the country will join Da Vinci student musicians and artists for an Ice Cream Social. Organizers of the NPR show determined that an informal event, first introduced by Da Vinci several years ago when From the Top came to El Paso, was a great way for the guest musicians to relax and enjoy the community before preparing for their performance on Saturday, June 1st.
From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KTEP 88.5 comes to the Plaza Theatre to tape a radio broadcast on June 1 at 7:30 PM. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by the El Paso Summer Music Festival.
The show will feature 16-year-old violinist Wesley Yu, a local student at Coronado High School, performing the Polonaise Brilliant No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4, by Henryk Wieniawski. Wesley studies is an outreach performer for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and in 2010, he was the Grand Prize-winner of the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Young Musician’s Competition. Outside of music, Wesley enjoys driving and learning about cars.
Also featured on the show will be 13-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Culver City, California, and 17-year-old organist David von Behren from Falls City, Nebraska. Andrew and David are recipients of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a scholarship for exceptional young musicians with financial need. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Also performing will be 10-year-old harpist Lucy Sotak from Arvada, Colorado. Lucy is the 2011 Winner of the Junior Division of the American Harp Society National Competition.
More performer and repertoire information to be announced.
Tickets available through the Plaza Theatre and Ticketmaster. For information, call 915.449.0619 or visit www.epsmf.org. From the Top may be heard locally on KTEP 88.5 on Sundays at noon; this episode will air nationally the week of June 17.
What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.”
Annually, From the Top’s live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.6 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.
From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland. www.epsmf.org info: 915-449-0619
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.